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The Rock’s 10 Best Movies (So Far), According To IMDb

By now, fans of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson know that he’s a multi-tasker when it comes to his career. Not only is he a household name in the pro-wrestling family but since the early 2000s, he’s been working his way to becoming the international movie star that he is today. When it comes to the movies he’s been in, there have been some incredibly successful films, while there also have been some critical duds along the way. But even many of those ended up being beloved by fans.

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The Rock is a great actor, not only because can he mold himself into any role, but he’s also known for some standout original characters as well. From the Fast & Furious franchise to playing a beloved Disney animation character, his versatility is well documented.
Updated on June 5th, 2021 by Mark Birrell: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s career as a movie actor is so vast that it should come as no surprise that this list has seen some subtle but important shifts since it was first published. We’ve updated it to show a current ranking of The Rock’s best movies according to the scores on IMDb. From huge blockbuster sequels to more personal and dramatic projects, these are the top 10 of Dwayne Johnson’s best movie roles according to the fans who voted. Though, with so much on the horizon still for the superstar, it’s likely to change again soon.

Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) – 6.6

Dwayne Johnson in Jumanji The Next Level

● Available on Starz
One of the most recent additions to The Rock’s many successful franchises has been the Jumanji movies. The Next Level would be Dwayne Johnson’s second but the third entry overall in the series.
Going back into the titular magical video game, the main cast from the first movie all returned with new additions Danny DeVito, Danny Glover, and Awkwafina bringing a new dynamic to things, especially as The Rock’s avatar character ends up being controlled by Danny DeVito’s character, allowing Dwayne Johnson to demonstrate his skills in impersonation.

Fast & Furious 8 (2017) – 6.6

Dwayne Johnson as Hobbs in Fate of the Furious wearing a sleeveless prison uniform

● Available for purchase on Prime Video
The Rock returned to the Fast & Furious franchise for his third–but certainly not final–appearance in the series of movies, this time teaming up with Jason Statham’s villain from the previous movie to begin forging their buddy action dynamic.
The Rock’s more typically heroic characteristics really help to sell the core team of the fast-moving action movies as a kind of superpowered ‘Carvengers’, with the corresponding sequel and spin-off movie following close behind.

The Rundown (2003) – 6.7

Dwayne Johnson and Sean William scott together in The Rundown

● Available for purchase on Prime Video 
In this action-adventure movie, The Rock starred as Beck, an aspiring chef who is trying to get enough money together to own his own business. With financial woes on his mind, he’s talked into bringing home a mobster’s son played by American Pie’s, Seann William Scott, who proves a great scene partner for the then still-budding buddy action star.
Beck is easily one of Dwayne Johnson’s most badass movie characters so far, giving The Rock an unforgettable ‘cool guys don’t look at explosions’ moment as he walks away from a fireball in slow motion.

Gridiron Gang (2006) – 6.9

The Rock smiling on the field with Xhibit in Gridiron Gang

● Available on Showtime
In Gridiron Gang, The Rock plays Sean Porter, a supervisor and former football player at the Kilpatrick Juvenile Detention Center. After witnessing a lack of discipline and self-esteem within the kids, Porter proposes to start a football team to teach them teamwork and motivate them in life, with the story being loosely based on the true story of the Kilpatrick Mustangs.
The Rock proved himself as an actor with dramatic chops with this role, providing him with some of his most inspirational quotes so far. 

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017) – 6.9

Dwayne Johnson in Jumanji 2 Welcome to the Jungle

● Available on Fubo TV
When reboots are announced, it’s a toss-up between fans of the original either loving the idea or hating it. But when it came to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, it seems like the audiences loved it for the most part.
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When four teenagers are sucked into a magical video game called Jumanji, the only way they can escape it is to work together to finish the game. Even though this film didn’t follow the original storyline and catered to fit the current era, it still had fun aspects that the original had. The Rock stars as the in-game avatar of the skittish main character, essentially making him the protagonist and showing his abilities in taking on unconventional roles.

Fast & The Furious 6 (2013) – 7.0

Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in Fast and Furious 6

● Available on Peacock
The Fast & Furious series has been a long-running favorite amongst fans of cars and action movies and the cast has always been stellar. But when The Rock joined the team, he brought something different to the table.
In this installment, Hobbs, played by The Rock, is tracking an organization with lethally skilled drivers and will stop at nothing to shut them down. He realizes he needs help and enlists Dom (Vin Diesel), to help assemble his crew once again. Their reward? They’ll be pardoned for all of their illegal deeds. It’s a high stakes round that continued the franchise’s meteoric rise at the box office, cementing The Rock’s involvement as a major player within the ever-expanding story.

Fighting with My Family (2019) – 7.1

● Available on Prime Video
Another sports drama based on a true story, Fighting with My Family focuses on the rise to fame of another well-known WWE wrestler, Paige, making this somewhat of a personal project for The Rock, who also acted as producer on the movie as well as appearing in it as himself.
It’s really a small cameo in the wider drama, but his presence makes perfect sense and an extra note of star power to the relatively small-scale movie.

Furious 7 (2015) – 7.1

Furious 7 Dwayne Johnson Hobbs

● Available on FXNow
After Furious & Furious 6 proved to be a success, the cast was back to film Furious 7. With Owen Shaw defeated in the previous installment, his brother, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), comes back for revenge against Dom and his family. Dom and his crew thought they’d left their criminal lives behind, but after Shaw starts taking out members of their crew, the action starts up again.
Even though certain scenes were over-the-top, the chemistry between the cast shone through and the action sequences were always dazzling. The Rock sits out most of the movie, but the huge ensemble more than makes up for his absence, bringing him back for the big finale.

Fast Five (2011) – 7.3

 Luke Hobbs tracks down Dom and his crew in Rio in Fast Five

● Available on Peacock
Fast Five was the first film in the series that The Rock starred in, and it’s a good thing he did because it’s one of the highest-ranked films in the Fast series by both fans and critics. Also, this entry was a turning point for the franchise, as Dom and his crew of street racers want to get out of the business and start normal lives. So when they plan a massive heist against a Brazilian drug lord, viewers knew they were in for a ride.
Hobbs, played by The Rock, starts out in the franchise as a government agent out to get Dom and Brian O’Connor and the fast become one of the franchise’s standout characters, even getting his own spin-off movie with Jason Statham’s reformed villain from the series in 2019, Fast & Furious: Hobbs and Shaw.

Moana (2016) – 7.6

Maui smiling in Moana

● Available on Disney+
Even long after the streak known as the Disney Renaissance, the company continued to churn out classic after classic and Moana is definitely among its animated elite. Moana starts out on the Pacific island of Motunui when a terrible curse is stowed upon Moana’s home. She gains the courage to risk everything and answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod, Maui, to set things right.
If there is one character that was made for Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, it’s Maui. He plays his part perfectly with just his voice and contributed to the success the film received. There were also a lot of cool aspects here that audiences probably picked up on, but leave it to Disney to leave a few hidden Easter eggs in Moana, along the way.
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Fast & Furious 11 Release Delay & Filming Start Date Confirmed By Director


Fast and Furious 11
is facing a release date delay to Summer 2026 due to strikes, with director Louis Leterrier confirming the sequel will not be hitting its April 4, 2025 date.
Leterrier also confirms that filming starts in Fall 2025 after finishing a horror movie in September.
The final installment in the
Fast Saga
reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto for one last ride, while also leaving the door open for other spinoffs.

After facing multiple delays due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes, Fast and Furious 11 is seeing its release date delayed. The next installment in the Vin Diesel-fronted franchise is expected to be the last mainline sequel, while development continues on the Dwayne Johnson-led spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, a mysterious standalone movie penned by Fast X’s Zach Dean and a potential female-led spinoff. While a filming start date was never confirmed, Universal had previously set the movie for an April 2025 release date.

During a recent interview with Collider at a CCXP MX panel, Louis Leterrier was asked for an update on Fast and Furious 11. The director went on to confirm that the final mainline installment in the action franchise will no longer be making its April 4, 2025 release date, instead now aiming for a Summer 2026 release window with the filming start date being set for this fall. Check out what Leterrier said below:

It’s happening. It’s happening very, very soon. I’m able to shoot a little horror movie this summer. I’m finishing my horror movie on September 15th, and I start Fast on September 16th.

Will Fast 11’s Multiple Delays Help Or Hurt The Sequel?

Much like the tenth film before it, Fast and Furious 11 has faced a few behind-the-scenes hardships in its road to getting off the ground, namely the delays stemming from the 2023 strikes. While the latest movie seems to have retained its core creative team in comparison to the shift in directors from franchise vet Justin Lin to Leterrier on Fast X after reported creative differences between the former and Diesel, this change didn’t seem to help much with the continued downward trend recent sequels have seen from critics. Check out how the franchise’s Rotten Tomatoes scores compare below:

Title RT Critical Score RT Audience Score The Fast and the Furious 54% 74% 2 Fast 2 Furious 37% 50% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 37% 69% Fast & Furious 28% 67% Fast Five 78% 83% Fast & Furious 6 71% 84% Furious 7 81% 82% The Fate of the Furious 67% 72% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 67% 88% F9: The Fast Saga 59% 82% Fast X 56% 84%

Even looking outside the Fast and Furious franchise, many movie sequels have found themselves hurt by various delays, be they from creative changes, general release shifts or other factors. The action genre in particular is one in which lengthier development periods can lead to diminishing returns, be it A Good Day to Die Hard, Rambo: Last Blood or Diesel’s own xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. While Fast and Furious 11 may only be getting pushed back by a year, the delay is nonetheless a concern that the final installment could find itself in trouble.

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) looking angry with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) looking unimpressed in Fast & Furious

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On the other hand, the longer wait for Fast and Furious 11 to close out the mainline series of movies could actually prove beneficial for the sequel. Though Leterrier may be busy with another project in the lead-up to filming the next installment, writers Oren Uziel and Christina Hodson should now have more than enough time to really look back at the script and ensure it learns from the critical missteps of recent installments to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the Dominic Toretto saga.

Source: Collider

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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Vin Diesel Already Has His Perfect Fast & Furious Replacement Franchise With 51-Year-Old Remake


Vin Diesel’s dominance in Fast & Furious is ending, but Kojak could kick off a new action franchise for him.
Kojak’s reboot faces an uncertain future, but its similarity to Fast & Furious makes it a worthy project for Diesel.
Diesel’s potential shift from criminal racer to cop signifies a fresh start in a possible Fast & Furious-like series.

Vin Diesel’s days of playing Dominic Toretto are numbered, but the actor has already found his perfect Fast & Furious replacement. Diesel found a major breakout role in the early 2000s thanks to participating in The Fast and the Furious. The original 2001 street racing crime movie became the springboard for a sprawling franchise that has lasted for over two decades. The success of the Fast & Furious movies transformed Vin Diesel’s career, turning him into an even bigger star, especially in the action movie genre. But, Fast & Furious 11 is planned as the final chapter for him and the franchise.

The Fast & Furious franchise’s end will put Vin Diesel in an unfamiliar position of not having a major franchise to lean back on. This presents the actor with various options, such as changing the course of his career to pursue non-franchise roles. However, the more likely outcome is that Diesel will attempt to find a new IP that can replace Fast & Furious. He has had trouble in that regard recently, with franchises like xXx or Riddick running cold and Bloodshot and The Last Witch Hunter failing to launch franchises. There is another option for Diesel, though.

2:03 Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto from The Fast & Furious Franchise

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Kojak Can Be Vin Diesel’s New Action Crime Franchise After Fast & Furious
Diesel Has Been Developing The Reboot Since 2015

The impending conclusion of the Fast & Furious franchise means it is finally time for Vin Diesel’s Kojak reboot to get off the ground. The project was announced back in 2015 with Diesel re-teaming with Universal Pictures, the studio behind Fast & Furious, to develop a movie based on Kojak. The original TV series starred Telly Savalas as Theo Kokaj and ran for three seasons after debuting in 1973. The series revolves around Kojak, a New York detective known for being willing to go beyond the law and a love for cars and lollipops, and follows him as he investigates different cases.

Kojak was rebooted in 2005 as a TV show starring Ving Rhames, but it only ran for six episodes

Development on Vin Diesel’s Kojak movie has not been very active in the nine years since it was announced. However, it still maintains the base similarities to Fast & Furious, which makes the project a worthwhile endeavor for Diesel in terms of finding a new action franchise. He would now have another big action series about cars and crime, essentially making Kojak into a newer version of Fast & Furious. The irony here is that Diesel takes on the role of a cop after playing criminal racer Dominic Toretto.

Vin Diesel’s Involvement Can Morph Kojak Into A Major Action Franchise
Kojak Could Be A Fast & Furious Clone
Telly Savalas talking on the phone in Kojak

Looking at the original TV show, Kojak might not necessarily project to be a major blockbuster action franchise akin to Fast & Furious. The TV series was relatively grounded and small due to the nature of its production. However, the fact that Diesel and Universal pinpointed this property as something they wanted to revive together is telling. The announcement of Kojak’s reboot came months after Furious 7 debuted in theaters and took the franchise to new heights at the box office and in terms of how ridiculously big the action and story could get.

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that Fast & Furious started off with a story about DVD thieves who were also street racers before Diesel helped turn it into something much bigger. With that experience and success already behind him, it would be understandable if a similar path was envisioned for Kojak. The series could then morph into a Fast & Furious clone, one that gives Vin Diesel a new franchise to headline and Universal a “fresh” action franchise to grow.

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The Rock’s WWE Run Means Fast & Furious 11 Must Make 1 Major Hobbs Change


Hobbs from Fast & Furious 11 needs a gritty edge like The Rock’s WWE character to keep the franchise fresh and exciting.
The Rock’s time away from the Fast & Furious universe provides the perfect reason for Hobbs to return with a personal vendetta and a more savage attitude.
While Hobbs shouldn’t become a full-fledged villain in Fast & Furious 11, adding some edginess and dirty tricks could make his character more intriguing and dynamic.

Fast & Furious 11 must make one major Hobbs change after The Rock’s incredible WWE run. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s WWE return surpassed his recent movies, with the actor creating some of the best work of his career. Having returned to a thunderous reception, The Rock was able to flip the crowd’s reception by becoming a heel and playing a major part in WrestleMania’s main events. The Rock hasn’t played a villain on screen for years, as even his depiction of Black Adam lent more into the character’s anti-hero side, which made his wrestling run all the more refreshing.

While his wrestling character may not perfectly translate into the Fast & Furious universe, there is one aspect of The Rock’s WWE run that the franchise should attempt to implement. After debuting in Fast Five, The Rock’s best Fast & Furious scenes helped contribute to the movie series becoming so popular, with Luke Hobbs becoming an instrumental part of the story. He was even given his own spinoff alongside Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and is set to get a solo movie in the future. Despite this, Hobbs would still benefit from adding one key aspect of The Rock’s WWE run.

The Rock’s WWE Run Proves Fast & Furious 11 Needs To Give Hobbs More Of An Edge
Fast & Furious Would Benefit From Hobbs Adopting Some Of The Rock’s WWE Tendancies
Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Black Adam, WWE, and Hobbs and Shaw

Given how electrifying The Rock’s recent WWE run was, there is no doubt Fast & Furious 11 needs to give Hobbs more of an edge. Although the character has had his more serious moments, like most of the Fast & Furious cast, Hobbs tends to mix action with comedy. Hobbs and Shaw are supposed to be two of the more stoic heroes, yet they are constantly at each other’s throats and cracking jokes to help maintain the franchise’s lighthearted core. However, giving Hobbs a grittier side would help the character thrive upon his return.

The Rock’s Fast & Furious return may redeem Fast X’s box office, but the character needs to come back stronger than ever. By allowing him to be more ruthless, he can still maintain some elements of comedy but also become more interesting in the process. Johnson proved that despite being a detestable heel, he was still as hilarious as ever during his recent WWE tenure. This proves that he can maintain Fast & Furious’ tone and humorous style while being more layered; therefore, Hobbs adopting some of The Rock’s WWE characteristics could make him even more entertaining.

Fast & Furious Already Has A Reason For Hobbs To Be More Savage
Hobbs Has Been Away From The Franchise For Several Years

Making a major change to Hobbs’ character could be tough to explain, but Fast & Furious 11 already has a great reason to make him more savage. His four-year absence from the franchise gives him a perfect excuse to come back with a vengeance and potentially have a personal attachment to Fast & Furious 11’s villains. Hobbs’ time away from the main story could be explained through a connection to Fast X’s secondary villain, Aimes. Aimes’ villain twist in Fast X was well executed and suggests he’ll be around for the sequel, which is the perfect reason to bring back Hobbs.

Having a more personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, but it would also give him more of an edge.

Fast X never explained why he’s back, but having a personal vendetta against Aimes could be an intriguing reason. Given Dom and Dante are the focal point of the franchise’s conclusion, Hobbs returning to take down Aimes would avoid overshadowing the main story while still giving him an interesting role. Having a personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, while also giving him more of an edge. This provides The Rock with the perfect reason to implement some of his heel traits while still portraying a morally good hero.

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Why Fast & Furious Can’t Bring The Rock Back As A Villain
Hobbs Already Appeared As An Antagonist In Fast Five
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Although The Rock’s villainous tendencies worked well in the WWE, Fast & Furious can’t bring him back as an antagonist. Johnson already played the main villain of Fast Five, as Hobbs was originally an enemy of Dom and his crew before becoming an ally. Hobbs’ role in Fast Five was one of his best, but despite being the main antagonist, he always had a level of integrity. Dropping all of this to make him a villain in the final movie would be completely unnecessary, especially as the franchise needs him to remain a hero for his spinoff.

Fast & Furious 11 may end the main story, but The Rock will be part of the franchise beyond this, and altering his character so drastically wouldn’t make any sense. Instead, adding some extra edge to his character would have the same effect and would avoid stealing the thunder from Dante and Aimes. Although Fast & Furious 11 shouldn’t make him a villain, the film can still allow Hobbs to play dirty and pull some cheap tricks in order to show a grittier side, while letting him taunt his enemies when he inevitably helps save the day.

Fast & Furious 11
is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 4, 2025.

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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